GATLINBURG, TENN. — Two friends found themselves in a surreal situation while staying at a cabin in Gatlinburg and it was caught on video.
A bear forced open the door of the cabin and came inside while the two women were alone in the cabin.
“She just started pointing, and I was like what, and I turned and looked, and there was a bear just putting his full force on the door, and then the door opens,” said Michelle Eberhart. “I called the owner and I was like, oh my gosh I don’t know what you do. There’s a bear. And he’s like what do you mean in the house? There’s a bear in the cabin. I don’t know what to do.”
In addition to the bear that broke in the house, there were three more waiting on the porch.
The women called the police, who were eventually able to get the bear out of the house and chase the three others off the porch.
The bears made off with five pounds of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, a pound of M&Ms, two pounds of Sour Patch Kids, two bags of potato chips, two beers, two Diet Cokes, and about 20 Zyrtecs, according to Eberhart.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said black bears are coming out of hibernation but that behavior is abnormal. Bears usually try to keep their distance from humans.
“That’s not typical bear behavior at all. It’s really not typical bear behavior for them to come on to someone’s porch and start looking for food,” said Matt Cameron, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. “That means those bears have been around humans and have received handouts or have found a food source around a dwelling.”